Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Mythique Eau de Parfum starts with a burst of citrus, quickly followed by a darker, toffee-like syrup with salty, musky leather that became more aromatic with lavender and greenery that grew woody, spiced, and eventually, sweeter and creamier. The notes are:
- top notes: bergamot, geranium, coriander, incense
- heart notes: myrrh, lavender, labdanum cistus
- base notes: patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean
It opened with subtly sweet, orange and fresh peels with smoky incense that shifted into a darker, toffee-like syrup that seemed a touch burnt (but in that god, caramelized kind of way). The toffee simmered as it was joined by a salty, leathery aspect that seemed somewhat musky. There was a zest or two of lemon that whispered in the background.
Ambre Mythique took an aromatic turn after fifteen minutes with the addition of lavender and nondescript greenery that fused to salted, syrupy toffee and leather blend, and it seemed to pull back from the prior muskiness. Creamy sandalwood, slightly cocoa-like patchouli, and lavender swirled together without any green quality about hour into development. It grew woodier, more spiced, and less aromatic without sweetening.
Four hours into the journey, it turned richer, more balsamic, and warmer with lightly spiced, creamy woods, warm resins, and rich vanilla. The drydown was soft amber with warm vanilla.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
It lasted for eight hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with the sillage dropping more noticeably within two hours.
I prefer Ambre Precieux over Ambre Mythique;, which is darker and richer as far as ambers go, but I am guessing the addition of lavender just didn’t pull me in here.
- 120ml for $215
- 0.7ml sample for $5